Siri Aas Rustad: All news

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Wednesday, 15 Jun 2022
The Women, Peace and Security Index Goes Viral on Social Media

Yesterday, a video featuring the Global Women, Peace and Security Index went viral on TikTok, garnering over 700,000 likes so far.

Friday, 27 May 2022
PhD Course on Gender, Peace and Conflict

Doctoral candidates from all over the world attended PRIO's PhD-level course on Gender, Peace and Conflict. 

Sunday, 8 May 2022
The History of PRIO and Peace Research: New Open Access Book

​The new open access book Lives in Peace Research: The Oslo Stories explains how PRIO, the world's oldest independent peace research institute, was founded and how it survived through crises.

Monday, 13 Dec 2021
Peace Science Infrastructure: PRIO to Head Large New Collaboration

​Friday, we got to know that a large project has been funded by the Research Council of Norway's INFRASTRUKTUR initiative, that aims to build up relevant, up-to-date infrastructure that is accessible to the research community, to various private and public sector user groups, and to the general public.

Tuesday, 30 Nov 2021
Record Number of Children at Risk of Being Recruited by Armed Actors

​Today, Save the Children launched its new report Stop the War on Children: A crisis of recruitment. The report is based on a new mapping of children at risk of being recruited or used in armed conflict conducted at PRIO, as well an update of the yearly estimation of children living in conflict zones. The findings are alarming. In 2020, approximately 337 million children, or more than 1 in 8 children, were living in a conflict zone in which one or more actors recruited children. This is the highest recorded number of children at risk of being recruited by armed actors.

Friday, 22 Oct 2021
The 2021/22 Global Women, Peace and Security Index Is Out

​The third edition of the global Women, Peace and Security Index (WPS Index) draws on recognized data sources to measure women’s inclusion, justice, and security in 170 countries. Trends in the WPS Index show that the global advancement of women’s status has slowed and disparities have widened across countries. The WPS Index is published by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security, with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Tuesday, 17 Aug 2021
CHS and PRIO to Launch Report on Conflict Trends in the Arab World

The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS), in collaboration with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) , will jointly release a major report analysing conflict trends in the Arab world from 1946 to 2019. A joint online conference will be held by both partners on 25 August 2021 (4:00 PM Doha time) to launch the report, which will be simultaneously made available on their websites.

Friday, 9 Jul 2021
PRIO Data Travel the World

The journalist Joshua Goodman of the Associated Press yesterday released the article “Global COVID deaths hit 4 million amid rush to vaccinate». He refers to the PRIO battledeaths data and the Uppsala Conflict Data Program to illustrate the deadliness of the virus.

This news story has since it’s publication been shared by more than 1,300 news outlets worldwide, and the number keeps growing by the hour. One example is this piece from the Huffington Post.

Thursday, 8 Jul 2021
Gudrun Østby New Research Director

Gudrun Østby will be the Research Director of the research department Conditions of Violence and Peace from 1 August.

Gudrun Østby is a Research Professor at PRIO. She is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Peace Research, of which she has also been Editor-in-Chief. She has been at PRIO in different capacities since 2004, with a PhD in political science from the University of Oslo (2011).

Gudrun will be succeeding Siri Aas Rustad.

Congratulations to Gudrun!

Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021
New Conflict Data for 2020 Shows More Conflicts, Fewer Deaths

​The 2020 update of the Uppsala Conflict Data Program is now available, and reveals interesting trends in armed conflict for the last year, including more conflicts but also fewer deaths.

Thursday, 10 Jun 2021
Siri Aas Rustad to Speak at UNDP Symposium

​Research Director Siri Aas Rustad will take part in the UNDP Symposium "A New Generation of Human Security" later today. The event brings together high-level participants both from the policy world and academia to discuss some of the large issues related to human security.

Friday, 4 Jun 2021
Conflict Cartographer Project Opens Again for Conflict Predictions

​Round three of conflict prediction in the Conflict Cartographer project is now open. Country and area experts are invited to add their conflict predictions using the project app. The project focuses on 35 countries in Africa that have experienced conflict within the past five years.

Tuesday, 1 Jun 2021
Call for Application to the PhD-level course “Conflict Trends”, 2021

​Is the world becoming more peaceful, or can we expect more conflict in the future? The impression we get from the media certainly is gloomy. But what does the numbers and facts tell us? This course will give an overview of conflict trends based on large conflict datasets on conflict related variables. It will provide a better understanding of the larger global trends in the world such as level and type of conflicts, the geography and demography of conflict, and protests and mobilization. In addition, we will explore the Colombian conflict through survey data. 

Thursday, 6 May 2021
Important dialogue with Norwegian research communities about the UN Security Council

​As part of the newly established Dialogue Forum for Norway's membership in the United Nations Security Council 2021-2022, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in collaboration with PRIO, and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) are organizing a series of thematic roundtable meetings about current issues on the Council's agenda. The first meeting took place on April 29th and the topic was global health and security.

Thursday, 4 Mar 2021
Conflict Cartographer Project Opens for Conflict Predictions

​Round two of conflict prediction in the Conflict Cartographer project is now open. Country and area experts are invited to add their conflict predictions using the project app. The project focuses on 35 countries in Africa that have experienced conflict within the past five years.

Friday, 19 Feb 2021
1 of 6 Children Living in Conflict Zones at Risk of Sexual Violence by Armed Groups

PRIO has conducted a study for Save the Children estimating the number of children at risk of experiencing wartime sexual violence. A staggering 72 million children—17% of the 426 million children living in conflict areas globally, or 1 in 6—are living near armed groups that have been reported to perpetrate sexual violence against children.

Friday, 9 Oct 2020
Director Henrik Urdal Celebrates World Food Programme Nobel Win

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme. PRIO Director Henrik Urdal says the prize is extremely welcome, "also speaking to one of the great challenges of our time: the increasing number of refugees worldwide."

Thursday, 24 Sep 2020
New Report on Conflict Trends in the Middle East

​In their first-ever report to examine conflict trends in the Middle East, PRIO researchers take a closer look at the hard data on the number of conflicts – between states, within states, as well as one sided violence – and at ceasefires as well as peace agreements.

Thursday, 17 Sep 2020
Three New Research Professors at PRIO

​Following external academic evaluations, the PRIO Board has awarded Research Professor competence to Håvard Mokleiv Nygård, Siri Aas Rustad and Tore Wig. Congratulations!

Thursday, 13 Feb 2020
More Than 70 Million 0–5-Year-Olds Have Only Known Conflict, PRIO Research in Save the Children Report Shows

Save the Children has released its 2020 report on children in conflict. PRIO researchers have contributed to the report three years in a row. In 2020 Gudrun Østby, Siri Aas Rustad and Andreas Forø Tollefsen all lent their expertise again.

Wednesday, 18 Dec 2019
Green Curses Project Receives RCN Funding

​Congratulations to the team that has secured NORGLOBAL funding from the Research Council of Norway for the 3-year project Green Curses and Violent Conflicts: The Security Implications of Renewable Energy Sector Development in Africa. The project team consists of project leader Siri Aas Rustad (PRIO), Kendra Dupuy, John Andrew McNeish (NMBU), Stacy VanDeveer (University of Massachusetts Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies), Carl Bruch (Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and Francis Mwesigye.

In his Nobel Peace address in 2018 Dr. Mukwege said: “When you drive your electric car; when you use your smart phone or admire your jewellery, take a minute to reflect on the human cost of manufacturing these objects.” 

The new research project “Green Curses and Violent Conflict” will examine the conditions under which increased investment in renewable energy could generate a new set of resource- and energy-related violent conflicts in Africa – a so-called “green curse” – and how to prevent and resolve these conflicts.

Wednesday, 18 Dec 2019
Now Funded: TRUST: A Project on the Impact of Refugees on Host Communities

Despite the magnitude of displacement, extant knowledge on how refugees affect host populations is derived almost exclusively from Western societies. We lack completely evidence-based, generalizable insights of such dynamics in the Global South.

A project addressing this challenge has today received funding from the FRIPRO Programme of the Research Council of Norway: TRUST:  Attitudinal Impacts of Refugees on Host Communities in the Global South.

The project will last for 3.5 years, and will be led by Halvard Buhaug. Other PRIO members of the project team are Andreas Forø Tollefsen and Siri Aas Rustad, as well as a new PhD position. Congratulations!

Tuesday, 4 Jun 2019
New Conflict Data Reveals More Conflicts but Fewer Killed

​The number of people killed in wars is the lowest in seven years. This statistic is revealed in new data from peace researchers at Uppsala University (UCDP) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). The researchers are concerned, however, about the increase in the number of conflicts where external states are involved. This is because such conflicts tend to last longer and be bloodier.

Thursday, 21 Feb 2019
Special Issue of Conflict, Security & Development Features Business for Peace Project

The latest special issue of Conflict Security and Development is co-edited by PRIO Senior Researcher Jason Miklian, and showcases the capstone publication for the PRIO project "Conflict of Interest? 'Business For Peace' as Development Aid in Volatile Environments" funded by the Research Council of Norway. The project seeks to answer "how international support of corporate activities in volatile environments influence political, economic, and social dynamics of peace and development". The project emphasizes the importance of "business-peace projects being assessed at the societal and not project level if their impact is to be truly beneficial for a political economy of peaceful development".

Friday, 15 Feb 2019
PRIO Research Commissioned by Save the Children Shows 420 Million Children Living in Conflict

Save the Children has released its 2019 report on children in conflict. The report is an update from last year’s results, both of which use research commissioned from PRIO.

Last year PRIO’s research showed that the number of children living in conflict zones had increased by 75% in the last 20 years. The updated numbers show that 30 million more children are living in conflict-affected areas than in the previous year, amounting to more than 1 in 6.

Thursday, 14 Feb 2019
Call for Proposals: PRIO and ETH Zürich Conference on Ceasefires and Civil War

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich invite paper submissions for a three-day workshop in Oslo 18-20 September focused on the causes, consequences, and dynamics of civil war ceasefires and security arrangements. This meeting will bring together researchers, practitioners and policy- and decisionmakers to explore how we can better understand and design ceasefires.

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